RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Episode 8 Evaluation: LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown
Is that blood within the water? No, it is a massacre!
The claws got here out, and the stunts had been dropped at the primary stage on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Episode 8.
Nobody is protected in the course of the Lalaparuza. We had been on the sting of our seats to see how this spherical would end up. (And it did not disappoint!)
“LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown” packed loads of excessive stress and vitality into one spherical. Followers of the lip-syncing eliminations would love this competitors.
There are not any Maxi Challenges to throw the queens off. No runways to guage the style degree. The choice is all about lip-syncing, one thing the queens receives a commission to do on a every day/weekly foundation.
I really like this match!
RuPaul’s Drag Race (and, by extension, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars) has finished variations of this Maxi Problem. Whether or not battling it out as a twist or a knockout-style match, the drama will at all times whittle down to 1 queen getting the boot.
The queens cannot ever plan for this as a result of they by no means know if and when it will pop up throughout their season.
The Lalaparuza ought to change into a staple of Drag Race annually. We get loads of nice lip-syncs, the queens need to show to the judges their lip-syncing talents, and the drama of who wins/loses causes loads of chaos.
What extra might we ask for? Deliver all of it, RuPaul.
Now, let’s get into every of the lip-syncs. Firstly: Malaysia Babydoll Foxx vs. Marcia Marcia Marcia to “Boys Do not Cry” by Anitta.
Malaysia picked Marcia as a result of she thought she might simply beat her. Why deny it?!
Malaysia misplaced her lip-sync for 2 causes: (1) she underestimated Marcia’s dancing capability past Broadway, and (2) she could not sustain with the high-energy tune.
[In confessional] Bob walked onto her first runway purse first. Aura left that runway curse first.
Luxx Noir London
Marcia was flipping and serving stunts/fierceness to the beat; this tune could possibly be much like her wheelhouse. Malaysia tried to maintain up and did a very good job serving the lyrics and transferring across the stage. However the final result felt wrapped up mid-way by means of the tune.
Marcia received the benefit by getting to decide on the lip-sync tune.
However, the lip-sync between Loosey LaDuca and Spice was the exact opposite.
Spice received to decide on the tune (“Do You Wanna Contact Me” by Joan Jett), which was stronger in her wheelhouse. Nevertheless, Loosey was edging her out at each flip.
Loosey went for a slower flip by exuding 80s rocker with sultry actions. Spice tried rocker strikes, however she got here off a bit too campy at instances and off the beat. If she had paced herself higher and hit the rocker vibe tougher, she might’ve snuck the win out.
I agreed with the judges that Loosey snatched this victory. She felt extra like Joan Jett in the course of the quantity.
The lip-sync of “It is All Coming Again To Me Now” by Celine Dion was the shock sleeper hit nobody noticed coming. This efficiency was the one the place you may’t ever predict dangerous luck coming.
The mix of Salina EsTitties selecting the ballad AND it being a tune she performs weekly in her drag routine (very efficiently, I remind you) was a lethal power in opposition to Luxx Noir London.
Really feel how you’re feeling, child. Let it out!
Mistress Isabelle Brooks
Does anybody else agree that Salina slayed this quantity from high to backside?
From the emotional beats to her comedy drops, Salina knew this tune from finish to finish. She perfected the quantity, so it wasn’t a problem for her. Luxx served nice emotion, however the music did not gel along with her fairly as nicely.
Salina dominated this quantity; it was exhausting to look away when she naturally drew all the main target.
Now, right here is the quantity that brought on essentially the most debate. Who do you suppose received the battle between Jax and Mistress Isabelle Brooks?
“Inform It To My Coronary heart” by Taylor Dayne is a high-energy tune that offers queens loads of alternatives for stunts, emotion, fierceness, and a clear lip-sync. Anybody might’ve received this lip-sync, which is why the successful queens had been so gagged by who received.
Mistress did an excellent job specializing in the tune’s lyrics and vitality.
She stole focus loads of instances, giving the judges her mixture of comedy and aptitude. I agreed with the judges about why she finally received. She would’ve been the successful contender typically because of her charming vitality and boob dance.
Although, I can see why it was a detailed race in opposition to Jax.
Jax was touchdown highly effective stunts and matching the beat/essence of the tune. She appeared like a lock many instances in the course of the quantity that she was successful it.
If it weren’t for Mistress’s vitality and powerful efficiency, Jax in all probability would’ve received. Nobody would’ve been upset primarily based on the choice.
This quantity exhibits which you could’t predict who will win a lip-sync. You’ll be able to have all of the acrobatics and stunts, however generally a special aspect will pull a queen forward.
Anetra vs. Sasha Colby in “I am In Love With A Monster” by Fifth Concord was one other very shut race.
Each queens had been serving stunts, hair flips, and horny strikes. This tune was excellent for 2 robust performers and lip-sync contenders; it felt pure prefer it could possibly be of their drag line-up.
On this case, Sasha’s vitality and hair flips stole the present.
One thing about Sasha pulls you in and makes you need to watch. I could not look away every time she flipped her hair and regarded on the digital camera. It was a detailed race, however she did an excellent job of edging Anetra out.
In comparison with that lip-sync, “Do not Go But” by Camilla Cabello between Malaysia and Spice was one phrase: tough.
Did they not observe the tune in any respect? Or did they each overlook the phrases?
Anybody might’ve received this lip-sync. Critically, anybody! All they needed to do was keep in mind the lyrics and serve them on the primary stage.
[In confessional] It’s a brand new day within the Werk Room, and I’m comfortable to enter my high period. I’m being a full-on high. Like, Spice dom high period. Getting into proper now.
Malaysia received as a result of she knew the lyrics higher than Spice and saved the act/vitality going longer. If Spice hadn’t saved turning on occasion and discovered the tune, she would’ve received.
Although, we now have to offer her credit score. Her technique of selecting a tune Malaysia did not know was the correct thought! You need to know the tune you are competing with to get the benefit.
For a enjoyable shock, three-way lip-syncs might be an thrilling time. The primary stage does not get too crowded, and the queens need to suppose on their toes to face out in opposition to different rivals. It is a good deal with after they pop up.
“The Proper Stuff” by Vanessa Williams appeared like a very good tune that labored for Anetra, Luxx, and Jax.
All three queens might simply match the lyrics, serve some stunts, and add some aptitude to steal focus. It is a mid-tempo tune with loads of excessive moments to get the wow issue.
Out of all three queens, Luxx suited it the perfect.
Her lengthy hair and white lip-sync murderer outfit paired nicely with the sultry tune. Plus, her selection of an empowering horny lip-sync quantity gave the judges precisely what they needed. They had been residing for it, and we had been residing for it too.
For the ultimate lipsync of “Lastly” by CeCe Peniston, Anetra was going to dominate this quantity no matter who she lip-synced in opposition to.
Jax? Spice? It did not matter. Anetra had this within the bag; she principally selected who she needed to ship dwelling.
Anetra’s high-energy variety of stunts, duck walks, and comedy created a robust trifecta. Jax toned it down extra with just a few methods, as a substitute specializing in the lyrics and essence of the tune. Nevertheless, it was a battle she could not win when a robust lip-sync murderer was her competitor.
[In confessional] Loosey, should you suppose you’re perfection, there may be a case of drag delusional. Woman…
Mistress Isabelle Brooks
Jax dropping “LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown” was stunning, particularly because it was a lip-sync competitors. This competitors appeared like one thing she might simply glide by means of.
Her overuse of the stunts and connection to the songs could possibly be the place she went incorrect. Merely having stunts can solely take you thus far, and she or he had a string of dangerous luck. If her identify received pulled even as soon as, she in all probability would’ve stayed since she would’ve chosen her goal.
Final Ideas From The Werk Room:
Anetra selecting to save lots of Spice was the most important shock. Did you anticipate that? It will’ve been a straightforward win, however I am glad she went for the larger competitor.
Mistress was fast to learn all of the queens who doubted her. She did not allow them to breathe for a second.
Bruno from the Pit Crew sitting on the primary stage was so cute. It is good every time the Pit Crew members get extra of a showcase past simply carrying sizzling underwear.
Now, over to you, Drag Race followers.
What did you consider “LipSync Lalaparuza Smackdown”?
Are you unhappy to see Jax go? Which lip-sync quantity was your favourite? Did you suppose any of the queens wrongfully misplaced their lip-syncs?
Share your ideas within the feedback under.
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